Visits to the University of Chicago are always magical. The south side of campus hosts several old, Gothic buildings dating back to the early 1900’s. Their dusty, refined character make UChi’s quads one of my favorite spots for photo shoots.
Why? Because the scenery around Harper Memorial Library’s is so dynamic! Superhero and Victorian era cosplays mingle comfortably on tall stone staircases and decaying archways, while little library nooks are perfect for lolita fashionistas and slice of life shows.
Thanks again to the UCJAS students and staff for hosting another wonderful event. I can’t wait to come back next year!
Ladies and gentlemen, always remember that great things can come from your Facebook news feed.
Why? Teams going to the World Cosplay Summit (WCS) post great tips on their fan pages.
If you’ve been to a con before, you obviously know how difficult it is to exchange contact information and track down photos of your outfit. Meetings can be brief and sharing cell phone numbers isn’t fashionable.
But surprise! This article by JaRouka-samaprovides a clean and creative alternative to an age old problem: Cure Cards.
As the Filipino cosplay blogger put it,
"Cure cards (cosplay name cards or cosplay cure cards or cos-cure cards or coscards) are the cosplayers’ equivalent of a business card… which contains a person’s cosplay and contact details.”
Cure Cards are especially popular in Singapore (a.k.a. land of the WCS gods) and Japan. They’re functional, collectible, and you can share the information you’re comfortable with.
Attending local meet-ups with our “cosplay family” is a regular affair, so my friend Jess and I decided to try it out our cards at UChi-Con 2013.
We used the same general parameters JaRouka set:
Cards need to be 3.5 x 2 inches.
Save images in a .jpg or .png format.
Use simple, bold texts.
Choose 1 of your cosplays for each card.
Include name/alias, cure number, e-mail, websites, etc.
The cards are very versatile. In addition to showing off our costume collections Jess promoted her new tailoring business and I connected models back to my Deviant Art account.
Cure cards were also nice way to promote commissions during the meet-up. Our mutual friend wore one of Jess’ custom fur suits to the event, so, we presented a Rainbow Lion Designs cure card with every complement. Tails and ears were flying her table by noon!
If you’re thinking about making your own cards, here are some of my tips:
Prevent bending! Store your cards in an empty Altoids tin or case.
Cardstock paper isn’t optimal. Make nice, glossy ones for pennies at Office Max.
High quality images work best. (over 2000 x 2000 pixels)
When in doubt, add a black outline around the text.
Don’t fill the card with tons of websites.
Scale images on Photoshop to avoid blurry images.
And that last one is kind of important. First, make a 17.5 x 10 inch canvas. Crop and touch up your photo. Add your text, flatten all layers, and THEN adjust image size to 3.5 x 2 inches.
Finally, make some rare cards and share them with your friends! I shuffled a couple Sakura cards into my deck and placed them face down in my Altoids tin so I couldn’t control who received them… and seeing peoples’ surprised faces after picking a rare made me grin. (They all thought it would be Ho-oh after my Facebook posts.)
Happy designing! I’ll be bringing my cards back for ACen 2013!